dailymail.co.uk / By Hayley O’keeffe / PUBLISHED: 05:09 EST, 26 December 2013 | UPDATED: 13:10 EST, 26 December 2013
The inventor of the World Wide Web has spoken in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden and said he should be protected.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that the former US intelligence contractor and others like him play an essential role in exposing abuses of power, and should not be punished.
The computer scientist also claimed that checks and balances in the US and around the world had failed, and that even with reforms, the system was unlikely to get better.
Sir Tim made his comments to the BBC after Channel Four broadcast Mr Snowden’s alternative Christmas message yesterday.